GJ voters will be asked 
for override of TABOR

Grand Junction voters will have more issues to weigh in on during April’s municipal election.

Grand Junction City Councilors on Wednesday night approved ballot language asking voters to allow them to spend excess taxpayer dollars on future transportation projects. Councilors also approved language that will asks voters whether zoning should be changed for the Brady Trucking site.

The measures passed 5-1, with Councilor Bennett Boeschenstein opposing both issues. Councilor Teresa Coons was absent from Wednesday’s meeting.

April’s ballot will ask voters to allow the city to use revenue that exceeds limits set by TABOR, the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

If voters approved the TABOR override ballot measure, an estimated $2.4 million a year would be freed up to spend on other capital projects, according to city officials.

City Councilors are asking voters to allow the money to be spent on transportation projects such as extending 29 Road to Interstate 70, and face lifts for North Avenue, Horizon Drive and 24 Road. TABOR dollars alone won’t pay for all the improvements and councilors said they are purposefully keeping the language vague and would allocate dollars to those transportation projects as needed in the future.

The Brady Trucking ballot issue would change the zoning to light industrial and industrial office at 347 27 1/2 Road and 348 27 1/2 Road, property owned by the trucking company that they have been unable to expand upon.

Since 2006, Brady Trucking has been battling to expand the company’s Grand Junction office at 356 27 1/2 Road, but has been caught in a zoning war.

Proponents to expand the riverfront in Grand Junction said the land should be protected as riverfront, in line with the city’s goal to create open space there.


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